NWGA Scanner | September 17th, 2021

Trion man arrested after attempting to elude Summerville Police officer in vehicle

According to a Summerville Police Department incident report, on September 8th, just after midnight, Officer Matthew Wilson attempted to stop a 1989 Ford truck with missing tag lights head south on Commerce Street. The vehicle headed southbound on Hwy. 48 before turning onto Hunt Street. The vehicle “crossed over the white fog line multiple times and “kept failing to maintain lane,” according to the incident report. Officer Wilson finally stopped the vehicle at the Food Mart Gas Station on Hwy. 48 and spoke with the driver, Tony Dewayne Starkey, 41, of Trion. Starkey “seemed to be very irate and kept asking [Officer Wilson] for his supervisor,” according to reports. The officer and Starkey had a back and forth about why Starkey did not stop when Officer Wilson turned his blue lights on to initiate a traffic stop, according to reports. When asked about his tag, which was determined to belong to a 2002 Chevrolet, Starkey said he lust placed this tag there for now and was going to swap it back to the right vehicle,” according to reports. Starkey’s name was run through GCIC and returned showing a warrant for failing to appear in court and a suspended license, according to reports. Starkey was arrested for driving with a suspended license, affixing a license plate with the intent to misrepresent, no insurance, operating a vehicle with no registration, attempting to elude police, and failure to maintain lane, according to reports.